The Union of European Football Associations, better known to soccer fans around the world as UEFA, is the organizing body for soccer in Europe. It has 55 national association members and is 1 of 6 continental confederations that make up FIFA.
UEFA is best known for running the top tournaments for the national teams and club teams from their member nations. The best known are the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and the UEFA European Cup.
The Champions League and Europa League feature the top domestic club teams from each country. Some fans consider the Champions League the best soccer tournament in the world, ranking it even higher than the FIFA World Cup, as teams roster the top players from around the world.
The UEFA Super Cup is an annual match between the winner of the Champions League and the Europa League.
Every 4 years, the European Cup determines the continental champion. It is contested by the top national teams from UEFA with a 2 year qualifying process determining the teams that advance to the European Cup finals. The European Cup is considered one of the most competitive tournaments in soccer.
UEFA was founded with 25 member nations in Basel, Switzerland on June 15, 1954. The number of member nations has more than doubled since that time and now includes some transcontinental nations - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Russia, as well as 2 nations - Israel and Kazakhstan, that were formerly part of the Asian Football Association.
UEFA also organizes tournament for the women’s teams and youth teams as well as futsal tournaments.